July 7, 2020
iStock / Radachynskyi How we measure the investment in organizations can shortchange commitments that different racial, ethnic and cultural communities make to their ministries, writes the executive director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. What does having a financially sustainable ministry mean? The one-size-fits-all answer is simple. The revenue coming in is consistently more than […]read moreabout What does financial sustainability mean in the midst of inequity?
May 5, 2020
The author’s daughter gathers Easter eggs on Palm Sunday 2020. The community Easter egg hunt was canceled because of the pandemic, so instead volunteers scattered eggs in the families’ yards, surprising each child with a personalized goody bag. Photo courtesy of Allen T. Stanton In times of sickness and anxiety, the deep relationships in a […]read moreabout The gifts of the small church in a pandemic
April 28, 2020
Illustration by Jessamyn Rubio / Photos: WikimediaCommons / CDC Twelve Christian leaders share their thoughts on how the coronavirus pandemic might affect the financial health and sustainability of American churches. The COVID-19 pandemic will surely have a long-term impact on the financial life of congregations, regardless of their denomination, size or makeup. How can churches […]read moreabout Will the church financially survive the COVID-19 pandemic?
April 14, 2020
iStock / Goir A guide to clothing repair offers a useful discernment process for leaders trying to figure out how to repair a broken church, says a Christian leader who practices textile mending. As leaders, how do we decide what to fix and what to toss? Or put another way, what to mend and what […]read moreabout How is repairing the church like mending a garment?